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Barrett, John (1866-1938) of Oregon. U.S. Minister to Siam, 1894; U.S. Minister to Argentina, 1903-1904; U.S. Minister to Panama, 1894; U.S. Minister to Colombia, 1905.  Thomas Leander Moorhouse, postmaster of Moorhouse post office, was better known as Major Lee Moorhouse.  Reportedly one of Eastern Oregon's prominent characters, he is remembered more for his photographs.
Thomas Oliver Davis arrived in Oregon an unmarried man.
Walter Marcus Pierce, a Representative from Oregon in 1881; moved to Oregon and taught school in Milton and Weston, Umatilla County, 1883-1890; superintendent of schools of Umatilla County, Oreg., 1886-1890; county clerk of Umatilla County 1890-1894; was graduated from the law department of Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., in 1896; was admitted to the bar and practiced in Pendleton, Oreg., 1895-1907; engaged in banking and in the power and light business 1898-1907; operated stock and wheat farms 1907-1937; served in the Oregon senate 1903-1907 and 1917-1921; Governor of Oregon 1923-1927;
Mary Davis, the third child of Thomas and Elizabeth (Chrisman) Davis married Lord Chase Cline about 1876
William Russell Ellis a Representative from Oregon; moved to Pendleton in 1901 and practiced law; elected to the Sixtieth and Sixty-first Congress; resumed the practice of law in Pendleton, Oreg.; in July 1914 moved to Portland, Oregon. S.D. Peterson of Milton, Oregon was an at-large delegate to the Republican National Convention from Oregon in 1924.
The Fix Family of Umatilla County Sanford Page Robertson b28 March 1824, Tenn.; d 16 Oct. 1864, while freighting between Boise and Umatilla
John McDermeid Gearin, a Senator from Oregon; born near Pendleton, Umatilla County, Oreg., August 15, 1851 Benjamin Franklin See  As a youth he braved the long journey to the west coast and Oregon, with his parents to help build civilization in the Grande Ronde valley in Union county.  In later years, about 1865, Mr..See freighted between Umatilla and LaGrande enduring the hardships of the trail.
Gerking Family of Umatilla County. This site includes genealogy information, reunion dates, and a newsletter.
William Hiatt Isaac was born on 11 Apr 1880 in Pendleton, Umatilla, Oregon. He died on 18 May 1931 in Pendleton, Umatilla, Oregon. He was buried in Pendleton, Umatilla, Oregon.  He was married to Pearl Irene Welch in 1910 in Pendleton, Umatilla, Oregon Dwight William Sellers "Dad was Justice of the Peace, Constable and Coroner." The Sellers family of Ukiah.

Nard Jones (1904-1972) In 1930, a Whitman College graduate published a novel about Weston, Oregon. The book described growing up between 1919-1927 in a town named Creston. The names were changed, but Weston residents were shocked. Some said it was a fair portrayal, but others were certain their family histories were being mocked and besmirched. Robert Nelson Stanfield, a Senator from Oregon; born in Umatilla, Umatilla County, Oreg., July 9, 1877

Frederick Steiwer First Lieutenant, United States
Army United States Senator.

Alexander Kirk, aged 72 died on  March 20, 1877. He lived near Weston. He was a native of Tennessee. He was buried with Masonic honors by the Weston Masonic Lodge.

Michael J. "Mike" Kopetski (1949-) was born in Pendleton, Oregon on October 27, 1949.  He served in the Oregon State House of Representatives 1984-1988 and then in  Congress as the U.S. Representative from Oregon's 5th District, 1991-1995.

George Augustus LaDow  was born in New York on March 18, 1826. He served in the Minnesota State House of Representatives in 1868 and then became a member of the Oregon State House of Representatives in 1872. He served as an at-large U.S. Representative from Oregon, elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth Congress and served from March 4, 1875, until his death in Pendleton, Oreg., May 1, 1875, prior to the convening of Congress and without having qualified; interment in Pioneer Park Cemetery.

Lowell Stockman was born near Helix, Oregon on April 12, 1901. He was a U.S. Representative from Oregon's 2nd District for 10 years beginning in 1942. 
John Franklin Temple Sr. was born on 2 Jul 1831 in Ready Creek, Davidson, NC  He Moved in 1883 in Umatilla Co., OR. He died on 30 Sep 1918 in Pendleton, Oregon.

Dr. Isaiah Ulysses (Doc) Temple was born on December 19, 1868 in Albia, Monroe, IA. He moved in 1883 to Oregon.  He was educated at University Meidcal College in 1898, Kansas City, MO.  He moved to New York City in 1904 for post graduate studies and then headed for Clarkston, WA.  Three years later found him moving to Pendleton, OR.  He died August 20, 1945 in Pendleton and is buried at Olney Cemetery.

Fred Page-Tustin   was raised and educated in England.  He lived in Pendleton during the 1800's, which included part ownership in a newspaper called the Independent and later named the Tribune.  His partner was I.C. Disosway.  He moved to Roseburg, Oregon and lived there until 1898 when he was appointed U.S. Commissioner at Fort Wrangel, Alaska
James H. Turner of Pendleton was an at-large delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1876.
Floyd M. THORNE as born on 15 Feb 1889 in Umatilla Co., Oregon. He died on 13 Jun 1905 in Holdman, OR. He was buried on 14 Jun 1905 in Pendleton, OR. Olney Cemetery. He was married to Louisa WHITE-KEES on 10 Jul 1902. Louisa WHITE-KEES was born on 3 Jun 1857. She died on 14 Oct 1941 in Pendleton, OR.
H. Clay Woodson died at Weston on April 2, 1877 of consumption at the age of 32.  He was a native of Missouri and was the nephew of  Gov. Woodson of  Missouri. The funeral was conducted by the Weston I.O.O.F.  He served as Justice of the Peace. 


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